I have read the excellent advice and diverse experiences on the existing hip replacement threads. I’m having a frustrating (angering) experience with my surgeon. I’m 64 and had a left total hip by the anterior approach on Dec 1. Before I committed with the surgeon I did research on these forums and other places and learned that some, but my no means all, women around my age are returning to riding after 4 weeks post-op. I mentioned this to the doc and said, “can I ride after four weeks?” his answer, “yes.” The day of my surgery, pre-op, I said, " four weeks and I’m back on the horse, right?" Mr surgeon says, “six.” I asked my PT about it and she asked me to check with the doc. Today, I saw the surgeon again and I said, "before the surgery I asked you about riding after four weeks and you said yes, Then the day of surgery you changed it to six. January 2 will be a bit over four weeks, I want to ride then. Without taking radiographs or reading the PT reports, he says, “February.” When I called him on it, he said, “just do what you want then.”
I hate being lied to. I hate being misled.
It is wise and good to trust your doctor but I certainly don’t trust mine.
Anyone here post anterior hip and not trusting their doc?
More info: I went home the same day on a cane. Saw the visiting nurse and home PT day 2. Did home PT day 3 and discharged myself to out patient PT. Was driving day 4 and got rid of my cane day 6.